As we reflect on the fear and madness that is driving the deadly conflict in Gaza, let us pause and consider how, in our own areas of personal conflict, we can act with love and forgiveness instead of bullets and bombs. Blessings.
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. e. e. cummings
“One of the first things that Munindra said to me when we met [in Bodh Gaya, 1967] was that if I wanted to understand the mind, I should sit down and observe it. The great simplicity and pragmatism of this advice struck a very resonant chord within me. There was no dogma to believe, no rituals to observe; rather, there was the understanding that liberating wisdom can grow from one’s own systematic and sustained investigation.”
- Joseph Goldstein (via the-starpilot-has-landed)
Do we really have the right to abuse and kill animals?
“Once you learn to live as your true self, you can never be satisfied with this charade again: it thens feels so silly and superficial.” - Richard Rohr
The term unconditional love is like saying wet water. Affection with conditions attached isn’t love. When we say ‘I love you’ , are we are actually saying, ‘in this moment, under these conditions, I feel deep affection for you’? How easy it is for this mirage of love to disappear when the conditions change. Water never needs to be qualified as wet. Love never needs to be qualified as unconditional. Love is never conditional. Love is simply love. Love is rare.